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Wednesday 18 February 2015 - 10:19
Story Code : 151744

Iran MP wants Washington Post journalist 'confession' aired

[caption id="attachment_108419" align="alignright" width="159"]A Nov. 6, 2013, photo shows Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter, at the newspaper in Washington. (Zoeann Murphy/AP) A Nov. 6, 2013, photo shows Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter, at the newspaper in Washington. (Zoeann Murphy/AP)[/caption]

Hard-line Iranian Parliament member Hamid Rasaei has been on a mission to connect the case of detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to the administration of President Hassan Rouhani. Rasaei has accused a figure within the administration of grantingRezaian high level access to sensitive institutions and called for theairing ofan alleged confession by Rezaian onIranian TV.

Rasaei, the deputy head of Irans Parliaments Article 90 investigative committee, said, The important question is who was supporting Jason Rezaian [and why] within the role of a Washington Post reporter he was able to inspect sensitive places of the country. He added that while Rezaian published half-positive articles, his prime motive for these inspections was not for reports to be published. He did not go into detailabout the accusations other than saying Rezaians motive was to bring about more pressure on various Iranian industries.

Rasaei, who is facing chargesof administration violations brought against him by a bodythat operates under the Hassan Rouhani administration, alsoaccused Rezaian of having connections to the Rouhani administration.

In aFeb.14parliamentsession, Rasaei called for aninvestigation intowhich official from the presidents office has his footprints in thespying case of Jason Rezaianand his wife, that with a title of journalist, they had penetrated the highest institutions of the presidency. He continued, Explain which director in the presidents office gave access to this individual.With correspondence from which individual did Jason Rezaian pass through important security barriers?

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